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Josh Centers 27 comments

macOS 10.13.4 Warns Users about 32-Bit Apps

Last year at WWDC, Apple said that High Sierra would be the last version of macOS to run 32-bit apps “without compromise.” The recently released macOS 10.13.4 takes the next step in that direction by alerting users the first time they launch a 32-bit app. Here’s what we know.

Josh Centers 3 comments

iWork Apps Add Apple Pencil Support, Pages Gains Ebook Creation Features

The iPad versions of Pages, Numbers, and Keynote gain Apple Pencil support for drawing and writing, along with Smart Annotations. Also, Pages has new ebook creation features.

Josh Centers 25 comments

Freezing Finder? Dropbox and Overstuffed Folders May Be the Culprit

Is your Finder sputtering and freezing? Josh Centers solved his Finder problems by cleaning out his Downloads folder and toggling Dropbox’s Finder integration.

Julio Ojeda-Zapata 2 comments

Beyond Music: Comparing the HomePod to Amazon Echo and Google Home

Not every HomePod owner is a music addict, and even those who are will likely want their speakers to do other stuff. Julio Ojeda-Zapata has explored ways to tap the HomePod and Siri for information consumption, personal management, and other uses. For context, he compares the HomePod’s capabilities and Siri performance to equivalent features in competing Amazon Echo and Google Home smart speakers.

Josh Centers No comments

WWDC 2018 Returns to San Jose on June 4th through 8th

Apple has announced WWDC 2018 dates and that the location will remain in San Jose. If you’re interested in attending, get your name in the lottery by March 22nd.

Adam Engst 8 comments

Canon Pixma iP110: Printing Without Wires

For anyone who needs to print in situations where there are no power outlets and where cables would be fussy, the battery-powered, Wi-Fi-enabled Canon Pixma iP110 is a reasonably priced, robust solution.

Adam Engst 21 comments

Apple to Deprecate Many macOS Server Services

In a move that has surprised few, Apple has announced via a support note that it will be deprecating nearly all the remaining services in macOS Server. In the future, macOS Server will “focus on management of computers, devices, and storage on your network.” Time to start looking for alternatives for everything else macOS Server does for you.

Adam Engst 8 comments

Dictation Eases Data Entry

If you need to enter numbers, dates, or times into your Mac by hand, there’s an easier way than typing them in with your keyboard. Instead, try dictating them into your iPhone or iPad!

Josh Centers 2 comments

Apple Relents on Templated Apps and Drops Developer Fee for Nonprofits

We reported previously that Apple had started banning apps built using templates or app generators — tools relied on by small businesses and organizations that couldn’t afford their own developers. After significant criticism, Apple has now revised its rules with a compromise: templated apps are kosher, as long as they are issued by the provider of the app’s content, rather than the company that makes the app generator. That will require such organizations to pay for the $99-per-year Apple Developer Program. Separately, Apple said it would start waiving the developer fee for nonprofits and government agencies in early 2018.

Josh Centers 12 comments

Apple Releases the iMac Pro

Apple has indeed shipped the iMac Pro before the end of 2017. Josh Centers outlines the cost, features, and optional add-ons. It’s not cheap, but if you know you need the performance, price likely isn’t that much of an issue.

Joe Kissell 6 comments

Panorama X Brings the Legendary Mac Database Back to the Future

After six years of development, ProVUE software has released Panorama X for macOS — a completely rewritten and modernized version of the powerful relational database that was one of the first Mac apps. Joe Kissell explores its capabilities, old and new, and muses on who would benefit from this tool.

Adam Engst 5 comments

JNUC 2017: A Glimpse into the World of Apple Enterprise

All the emphasis in the Apple world these days seems to focus on individual users with their own devices. But it’s worth keeping in mind that Apple devices of all stripes are being used in huge quantities by large organizations. Adam Engst attended the recent Jamf Nation User Conference in Minneapolis and shares his takeaway.

Jeffery Battersby 5 comments

Pastebot Supercharges Your macOS Clipboard

Pastebot is a persistent clipboard manager that lets you retrieve, store, and manage everything you cut, copy, and paste.

Josh Centers 2 comments

How to Clear a Dropbox File that Won’t Sync

Do you have a single file that’s stuck while syncing with Dropbox? Here’s the solution.

Adam Engst 12 comments

Cardhop Puts Contacts Front and Center

Contact management is boring, and Apple’s Contacts app is terrible. That’s why the new Cardhop app from Flexibits might catch your fancy — it’s easily accessed, attractive, and quick to use via its natural language parser.